GCC’s BEST Center Offers Several Drone Programs this Fall

Beginner Intro Sessions to Experienced Flyers Preparing for Certification Tests are all Welcome

Are you fascinated with the exploding growth of drones and their applications across many fields, from emergency medical services to agriculture? Genesee Community College will take to the skies this fall with demonstrations and courses in flying drones or sUAS (small Unmanned Aerial Systems). Whether you are new to drones, planning on starting a business utilizing drones, want to earn your FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) Remote Pilot Certification, or just interested in the technology—GCC has a drone program for you!

GCC’s BEST (Business and Employee Skills Training) Center will offer a series of noncredit programs starting with two Informational Sessions on drone opportunities. These events will give anyone interested in flying drones, starting a career and/or becoming an FAA-certified remote pilot, an ideal opportunity to talk to a professional drone pilot or with The BEST Center staff. If you are interested in flying drones as a hobby or a career, these open houses are a great start. Reservations are required by calling 585-345-6868.

  • Saturday, October 7, 2017 10:00 – 11:00 am / Room T-119, Batavia Campus
  • Thursday, October 12, 2017, 6:00 – 7:00 pm / Room T-119, Batavia Campus

“Introduction to Drones” is a three-day, 18-hour, intensive course covering all of the fundamentals of flying, piloting skills, safety, regulations and preparing one to take the FAA Remote Pilot Certification test. As part of their class materials, each participant will receive a small drone with camera and remote control. The course runs the following three Saturdays:   

  • Saturdays: October 28, November 4 and 11, 2017, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm / Batavia Campus

Anyone using drones for business or other ventures is required to have a certification or operate under the supervision of a certified pilot. For those with flying experience, the one-day, “Remote Pilot Knowledge Test Prep” course is offered on Saturday, December 2, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Batavia Campus to help prepare for the FAA certification test.

Lastly, in October, the 10-week “Introduction to Precision Agriculture” course explores the advanced technology of farming today and will include drone applications such as collecting data and other uses. The course is held with the option of attending the program at the Batavia Campus or online through WebEx.             

For further information regarding any of these programs happening at Genesee Community College, contact Jennifer Wakefield, program coordinator at jgwakefield@genesee.edu  or 585-345-6868.

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